Acjuva is a topical three-step acne treatment regimen. The Acjuva website advertising states “Annihilate Your Acne in 14 Days… Or It’s FREE!” Strong language like “miracle cure” peppers the ads for this all-natural skincare system. Read our review to see if their claims about defeating acne are likely to be true.
Who manufactures and distributes Acjuva?
Acjuva’s mailing address is in Salt Lake City, Utah. We’ve written reviews about other suspicious acne treatments that come out of Utah, such as Bruunhause, so the mailing address raised a red flag. Sure enough, Acjuva and Bruunhause are all operated by Wheeler Saxon.
What are the ingredients?
Ingredients lists are published on the Acjuva website. Basically, the face wash is glycerin-based soap with tea tree oil. The toner contains mostly “hydronium 50.” That’s a fancy term for ionized water and is generally used by pseudoscientists. There are also very low levels of hyaluronic acid and white willow, a natural form of salicylic acid. Finally, the repairing lotion is basically aloe vera.
Is Acjuva an all-natural acne treatment?
No. Acjuva is advertised as being all-natural but it uses diazolidinyl urea as a preservative. What’s that? Oh, just something that releases formaldehyde. It also uses iodopropynyl butylcarbamate as a preservative. Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate is an allergan that’s been banned in some countries.
Is Acjuva effective?
Based on the lists of ingredients, we can only describe Acjuva as a mild cleansing and moisturizing system that releases formaldehyde into your skin. There’s nothing to indicate scientifically that the system has a good shot at curing acne.
The company website includes a link to scientific papers and Wikipedia articles as if these lent support to their product. They don’t. For example, one ingredient in Acjuva toner is comfrey. The scientific study that they link to involves the use of comfrey “applied to bruises, sprains and distortions and painful conditions of the muscles and joints.” That’s not indicative of what the amount of comfrey in Acjuva can do for acne.
How much does it cost?
Acjuva costs $39.95 plus a minimum of $6.58 for shipping. That’s for a 4-month supply. Does it sound too good to be true? Yes. In our opinion, the distributor is banking on the fact that you won’t bother with returns for something that’s not expensive.